The University of XXXX School of Dentistry is my first choice among residency programs in Endodontics because my special interest is in Pediatric Endodontics and I very much admire the fact that XXXX receives large numbers of pediatric patients compared to other Endodontic programs. Since I aspire to distinguish myself in terms of research as well as practice, XXXX would be perfect for that purpose as well. I appreciate the rotary system employed at XXXX and the way that it encourages independent thinking and learning. they would like to use and thus encouraging an independent pattern of thinking and learning.
I first made the decision to seek advanced training in Endodontics when I was serving as an Associate Dentist in my native India, not long after finishing dental school in my country. When our associate who had been performing endodontic treatments left the clinic, I took her place. At first, I was nervous, but with each new patient to which I administered an endodontic procedure, my confidence grew along with my growing passion for this area of dentistry. Soon, I had fallen in love with the challenge of looking for extra canals, negotiating through calcified ones and successfully completing challenging cases.
One prominent reason why Endodontics has become the center of my world has been the fact that those who need an endodontics procedure often come in excruciating pain. I find their gratitude to be the sweetest possible reward. Nothing excites me more or leaves me feeling more fulfilled than alleviating pain in sustainable ways, freeing my patients from acute pain and saving their teeth at the same time. Eager to gain as much expertise in Endodontics as possible, I also assisted the visiting endodontist in India in surgical cases and complicated non-surgical cases. Concurrently, I attended a six-month general practice residency program that gave me one-on-one training with the endodontic faculty to further improve my skill. I was able to perform 250+ RCTs including primary teeth and retreatments. After four years of clinical practice in India, I moved to the United States.
When I entered the Advanced Standing DDS program at XXXX University, it seemed that the more I found out about endodontics, the more there was to learn. I especially appreciate the support of my mentor Dr. XXXX, Chair of the Endodontics Department at XXXX. As a result of his leadership, I was able to listen to diverse guest lectures given by renowned endodontists. Under Dr. XXXX’s guidance, I had the privilege of assisting with a retreatment case. I also discovered exciting technological advantages, like microscopes, which would allow me to more perfectly perform endodontic treatments. For the first time, perfection seemed within my reach and I gave it my all.
Another highlight of my time at XXXX was performing patient case reviews under the guidance of Associate Professor of Endodontics Dr. XXXX. In addition to his lectures filled with pearls of wisdom gleaned from decades of practice, he also helped me develop in Endodontics by encouraging me to share my own experiences as a dentist in India and most of all, showing me how to most successfully build on those experiences. My in-depth exposure to Endodontics at Howard very much reaffirmed my dedication to cultivating a lifetime specialization in this area.
For the past 2 years since graduation I have continued to learn from the pioneers, as part of the online community in Endodontics, AAE, Endolit, and I have been taking CE courses from the AAE Live Learning Center. as well as participating at the annual meetings of the AAE in 2017 & 2018.
I am also enrolled in pre-specialty Endodontic training at the University of XXXX in preparation for beginning your program on the cutting-edge between Pediatric Dentistry and Endodontics.
I thank you for considering my application.